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Nagaland: Land acquired for building Kohima Medical College

Nagaland: Land acquired for building Kohima Medical College

Kohima: Despite having acquired  135 acres of land to set up Medical College at Kohima at the outset, only a 40 acre purchase  at the cost of Rs. 17, 75,07, 809.has been made by the government.

When questioned about the status of the medical college at Kohima by  MLA, Mmhonlumo Kikon, the Nagaland Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Minister, P Longon, told the Assembly that the department purchased 40.251 acres of land through the district administration.

In a supplementary question on reduction of land size of the medical college from 135-150 acres to the present 40.251 acres ,  Dr. Neikiesalie (Nicky) Kire, MLA, stated that the move  would be narrowing  the future scope of extension.

Replying to the reason behind the reduction, the leader of the house and  Chief Minister, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu said the government was unable to accept the  conditions spelled  out  by land owners. Dr. Nicky reminded the house that the government should take the necessary steps for purchase, before the price escalated any further.

Replying to another supplementary by Tokheho, MLA, on  land owners who were yet to collect compensation  and the possible predictable problems that may arise from their side , the Health Minister said the district administration was in negotiation and the matter would be resolved soon.

In reply to  Kikon’s starred question, Longon disclosed  the  total cost of establishing a medical college under the scheme to be  Rs.189 crore, in the ratio of 90:10, between central and state government.

 He said that the centre has released Rs. 46, 50, cr till now; of which  the department has already invested Rs. 21 crore for the administration block — erstwhile district hospital Kohima. H&FW Minister further said that the state government has made institutional arrangement for development of the medical college with a project governing committee, headed by the Chief Minister; Project Steering Committee, headed by H&FW Minister; and Project Management Unit, headed by Principal Director H&FW.

 In this regard, Longong informed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the centre and the state government on March 20, 2014. He said on July 16, 2014 an NOC was obtained from the higher education for university affiliation reports the Nagaland Post.


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